Rebel (Lecrae album)

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Rebel
Studio album by Lecrae
Released September 30, 2008
Genre Christian hip hop, dirty south,[1] gangsta rap[2]
Length 64:02
Label Reach
Producer G-Styles, Kadence, k-Drama, Joseph Prielozny. Sixth Sense Music Productions, Dion Burroughs, Teddy P, Bobby Taylor, So Hot Productions (J.R. and NAB), Lecrae
Lecrae chronology
After the Music Stops
(2006)
Rebel
(2008)
Rehab
(2010)

Rebel is the third studio album by Christian rap artist, Lecrae. The album was released by Reach Records on September 30, 2008. The album was nominated in the best Rap/Hip-Hop Album category at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards but lost to Group 1 Crew's Ordinary Dreamers.

Background[edit]

Rebel is titled after Lecrae's encouragement to rebel against modern pop culture, also pointing out that Jesus Christ himself was a rebel. Lecrae has stated that the title of the album is both a noun and a verb. Rapzilla called the album "a verbal onslaught against the world's view on life in modern day culture."[3]

Content[edit]

Lecrae tackles some important issues in Rebel. The albums intro and title track, Lecrae speaks out Christians must rebel against the ways of the world. In "Don't Waste Your Life" featuring Dwayne Tryumf, the rapper talks about how worldy pursuits lead to only disappointment in life, and living to serve Jesus leads to happiness. In the song "Identity" featuring J.R. and Da' T.R.U.T.H., Lecrae deals with self-esteem and image issues in the global community, telling listeners that their worth comes from their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and not in material possessions. "Indwelling Sin" speaks on the battle between his flesh and his spirit in the form of a conversation with his sin. In "Fall Back" featuring Trip Lee, he speaks on guarding against the ideals of the world as portrayed in the media. In "Got Paper" he again attacks the perception that money is the ultimate goal in life and asserts that a relationship with Christ is greater than all of the riches of the world. In "The Bride", Lecrae exhorts listeners to love the church as Christ loves the church.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic (Favorable)[2]
CMCentral 4/5 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[5]
Rapzilla 4/5 stars link
The Christian Manifesto 4/5 link
TheFish (Favorable) link

Commercial[edit]

Rebel has been a commercial success, having sold over 15,000 copies shortly after its release (9,800 copies in its first week and 5,600 copies in its second week of release, excluding digital downloads) and debuting on eight Billboard music charts.[6][7] The album debuted at #60 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and is the first Lecrae album to do so. Rebel also debuted at #1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart, outperforming his previous album, After the Music Stops, which only managed to peak at #5 throughout its 100 week run on the chart. The album remained at the #1 spot on the Top Gospel Albums chart for a second week, and was the first hip hop album to ever reach No. 1 on the chart.[8][9] Rebel debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums and Top Christian & Gospel Albums charts, respectively. The album secured the #10 spot on the Top Independent Albums chart and held the #15 spots equally on the Top Digital Albums and Top Internet Albums charts. Rebel also achieved a lower peak position of #61 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan, a project specializing in the statistics of album sales, Rebel was the highest-selling Christian rap album in the weeks following its release.[10] Rebel also maintained a 6-week run on the iTunes Store's Top 10 most sold albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Rebel Intro"   Joseph Prielozny and G-Styles 3:06
2. "Don't Waste Your Life" (featuring Cam and Dwayne Tryumf) Dion (DFREE) Burroughs 4:05
3. "Go Hard" (featuring Tedashii) Kadence for ATP 4:57
4. "Identity" (featuring Da' T.R.U.T.H. and J.R.) G-Styles 3:45
5. "Indwelling Sin"   Dion (DFREE) Burroughs 3:45
6. "Breathin' to Death"   G-Styles 4:07
7. "Truth"   Teddy P 4:49
8. "Desperate" (featuring Cam) G-Styles 4:43
9. "Change"   Lecrae 4:06
10. "Fall Back" (featuring Trip Lee) G-Styles 4:27
11. "Live Free" (featuring Sho Baraka and Jai) J.R. 4:26
12. "Got Paper"   k-Drama for Platinum Tips 4:20
13. "I'm a Saint"   G-Styles 4:21
14. "The Bride"   Battle Axe for Sixth Sense Music Productions 4:20
15. "Beautiful Feet" (featuring Dawntoya) J.R. 4:38
Total length:
64:02

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 60
U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums[12] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Christian Albums[13] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Christian & Gospel Albums[14] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[15] 10
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums[16] 15
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums[17] 15
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums[18] 61

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States September 30, 2008 CD, digital download Reach Records
United Kingdom October 24, 2008[19] CD

Awards[edit]

The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hayes, Steve (2008-11-20). "Lecrae - Rebel". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Tognazzini, Anthony. "Rebel". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Review of Rebel by Rob Target. Rapzilla. September 30, 2008.
  4. ^ Argyrakis, Andy (December 11, 2008). "Lecrae's Beats Grab Attention on Rebel" (Web). CMCentral/Crosswalk.com. Salem Web Networks. Retrieved July 1, 2012. Argyrakis, Andy; CMCentral (November 24, 2008). "(rebəl): The Spiritual Side of the Streets" (Web). New Release Tuesday. NRT Media. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  6. ^ Lecrae Rebel debuts #8 Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this Week by Philip Rood. October 8, 2008. Rapzilla.
  7. ^ Hip Hop Sales and Charts Movements by Rapzilla. Rapzilla. October 16, 2008.
  8. ^ Lecrae Rebel still #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album Chart by Rapzilla. Rapzilla. October 16, 2008.
  9. ^ Chart Topper: Lecrae makes number one on Top Gospel Albums chart. Cross Rhythms.
  10. ^ Hip Hop Sales Chart. Rapzilla.
  11. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 11, 2008. [dead link]
  19. ^ UK Release:Hip-hop star Lecrae readies 'Rebel' album. Cross Rhythms.
  20. ^ Nominations Announced for 40th GMA Dove Awards at CBN.com

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